Last year I heard about a pastor doing a long series on Holy Ghost stories in the bible. I loved the idea but wanted something shorter and more experiential. So, I developed a 4-week series on the ways we experience the Holy Spirit. It was a huge hit! I invited different people to share their own Holy Ghost stories during worship which really added to series. We did it as a summer series and tied it to telling ghost stories around the campfire, but it would also work great for an October series leading up to Halloween/All Saints.
Download the complete 4-week worship plan here: Holy Ghost Stories worship plan
Stay inspired! And happy planning!
The Day of Pentecost will soon be here! This year at my church we’re celebrating Pentecost by having a birthday party for The Church! And since we’re having a party we’ve declared June 4th ‘bring a friend to church Sunday’!
I love that Pentecost falls on a Communion Sunday for us this year. Celebrating Holy Communion seems like the best way to remember and celebrate the birth of Christ’s Church. If you’re looking for a Communion liturgy for Pentecost (with modern language) I’ve got you covered: Pentecost 2017 Communion Liturgy
I’ve also included the Call to Worship we’re using below.
Enjoy celebrating the Spirit this Sunday!
The day of Pentecost has arrived!
And we are all gathered together in one place
ready to remember and celebrate the birthday of Christ’s Church
and to receive again the gift of the Holy Spirit!
God, bless us that we will truly be Your Church,
on fire with Your Holy Spirit!
And work through us in all we do as a church
that we might truly be a gift to the world.
Artwork by Veronica Dimae, “Pentecost,” 2010. (Australia)
I’m currently preaching a series on Robert Schnase’s book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. This week we’re looking at passionate worship and I’m using the scripture Acts 2:42-47 as our scriptural focus but this also references Jesus’ words from John 4.
God we come to worship you
in Spirit and Truth!
We come to empty ourselves for you.
Receive our praise and worship, our joys and sorrows, our hopes and fears.
We give all ourselves to you in worship
so that you will fill us up with your Spirit
and send us out into your world again to continue the work of your kingdom!
Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!